Centenaries (Ireland)

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Irish engagement with the First World War was active and intense and yet, for much of the 20th century, commemoration of the war in Ireland was marked by division, antagonism, and amnesia. In the years before 2014, however, a shared memory of the war was increasingly promoted to improve relations between the divided communities on the island, and between Britain and Ireland. The centenaries of the conflict were thus anticipated by some as a moment in which a process of bridge building that was already well underway could be continued and reinforced. This article will consider centenary commemoration across Ireland and comment on the degree to which commemorative rhetoric and activity influenced popular engagement with the past on the one hand and inter-state and cross-community relations on the other.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
Specialist publication1914-1918 Online (peer-reviewed encyclopedia)
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2021


  • First World War
  • Commemoration
  • Irish history
  • Northern Ireland Troubles

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